Rutpela maculata


This is a large but well-marked longhorn beetle with a variable pattern of black and yellow markings.

Identification difficulty

Usually found along hedgerows and woodland margins where the adults are most often seen on Hawthorn or umbel flowers.

When to see it

May until August.

Life History

The larvae live in rotten wood and emerge into adults in May.

UK Status

Common and widespread in England and Wales, much less common further north.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 65 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map